Dana Center – Strategic Direction
Hello! I am currently waiting for more feedback on the second and third set of infographics. However, these are what they currently look like:
More updates on these soon!
Last Wednesday, I began working on two sets of photo IDs for COLA. This was my first time doing an official Photo ID request, and it was a lot of fun! I really enjoy working on Photo IDs, as I love portraiture and it’s very satisfying for me to edit and recolor images.
Batch #1: 4 IDs
The first set went very smoothly. All of the images were very nice and had room to be cropped properly.
Erin Brantmayer: This graduate student’s image was very nice already, so the only thing I had to do was brighten it up a bit and add some contrast.
Tamra Lawson Webb: This staff member had a lovely image. However, it was bit too warm for LAITS standard photos. To solve this, I color corrected with the auto-color tool, and then edited it from there. I also up’d the brightness and contrast so the highlights on their face didn’t appear as yellow.
Adé Thomas: This staff member had a great image, but it was slightly pixelated image. However, the overall composition was very nice and the colors were fixable. It looked as if their photo had a slight filter to it, so my main task was removing the filter-like colors and give it a more natural feel.
I wasn’t sure about the blue highlights on the side of their face, so I toyed a bit with the heal/patch brush as well as painting over it with their neutral skin color. I was consequently able to subdue the highlights quite a bit so the lighting looked more even.
Briana Lopez: This graduate student had a very cool image with a great background. I barely had to tweak it beyond just up’ing the contrast slightly.
My edit (can you tell the difference?):
It’s a shame a lot of the cool background got cropped off in the final profile picture!
Batch #2: 3 IDs
The second batch was a bit more tricky.
One of the images for Iopeka Casumbal-Salazar was absolutely perfect, and I didn’t have to process it at all:
I really like the warm lighting coming from the left side, as well as the low depth of field effect conveyed with the out-of-focus plants. It looks as if this was taken with a professional camera! (If it wasn’t – then iPhones are getting pretty good.)
The other two images I was sent had some issues, so I wasn’t able to use them, and am now waiting to receive replacement images.
For the first one, the image was cropped too close to their head, and they weren’t forward facing, so there was a lot of negative space:
The second had a lovely composition, but like the first, wasn’t forward facing:
There is another image of this professor online that does fit the guidelines, however the professor is not sure if they wish to use this image. I am waiting to see if they take another image that better fits the guidelines.
Other Projects I am beginning:
As the Dana Center is mostly wrapping up, I am beginning to work on an animation project for Tate Gibson. This project is in preparation for the COLA grad website. Additionally, I will be doing some course graphics for Maddy. I will update my blog accordingly when I have more progress on these!